EFCC to arraign FIRS director for bribery Thursday


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will arraign Abumere Joseph Osagie, a deputy director in charge of Regional Tax Office of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), on Thursday.

Mr. Osagie will be arraigned alongside his accomplice, Jamila Ojora, on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and receipt of gratification.
One of the counts read: “Abumere Joseph Osagie and Jamila Ojora on or about January 27, 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, corruptly accepted the sum of N5,000,000.00 from one Senator Ahmed Datti as a gift for having done a tax assessment for Baze University”.

Mr. Osagie and Ms. Ojora had on January 27, 2016 allegedly approached Mr. Datti, the chancellor of Baze University, Abuja and gave him a tax assessment of N20,029,496.00 through a letter of intent, which he paid.

“However, when he requested for the assessment certificate, they refused to oblige him. Instead they allegedly demanded for N5 million gratification.
“All pleas by him fell on deaf ears.

“Consequently, he petitioned the EFCC, and was advised to play along. Consequently, marked N5million was delivered to the director through Ojora in a sting operation.

“Ojora was arrested after she collected the N5 million. Her confession led to the arrest of Osagie.
The houses of the suspects were searched by operatives of the EFCC and documents recovered.

The two suspects are to be docked before Justice O.O. Goodluck of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja.